Daily post 25 Aug 2013 04:24 am
I was a bit disappointed that there was so little attention given to the obvious success and controversy for Miyazaki’s new film, The Wind Rises. This is so certainly one of the films that the director believed in yet. It also makes it into the NYFilm Festival, yet so little is mentioned of it in the papers. That tied into the controversy the film has created in his own country, and I’m perplexed. It’s a great look at Imperial Japan in the decades leading up to the Second World War through the eyes of airplane designer Jiro Horikoshi. Like Porco Rosso, the film is built around an aviator/aircraft designer and takes us through the history of Japanese aircraft. I can’t wait. The rest of the world seems a bit more patient.
From the trailer it has the look of Poppy Trail, the most recent Ghibli feature that was directed by Goram Myazaki, but almost immedately within that trailer you can see the strength of a several strong climactic scenes. The earthquake alone looks stunning, and the aftermath seems crucial to this new movie.
The Wind Rises
We know that in 2014 the Walt Disney company will take full charge of Ghbili. This tells us that our favorite neighbor, Totoro will be stalking Mickey and Minnie about Disney World, but we don’t know if it’ll add anything to the film’s viewership. One can only hope so. Apparently animation has been fully in production on some series not yet seen in the US.
The cast is a good one, but the film is an Oprah Winfrey book of the week. I was not around when the Academy screened The Butler, so I missed the post interview with Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker. They both put in good performances, particularly Whitaker, but the film is like knocking on dead wood. It’s a review of the 20th century by Forest Gump. So much is inored and passed over that you think these people couldn’t be apolitical, they had to be brain dead. Only after leaving his job in the WHite House does Whitaker’s character come to life and start realizing how little he’s done in his lifetime. None of the Presidents represented look like the people they’re supposed to be, although Alan Rickman sounds a lot like Reagan.
Maybe it would have helped if the film had a political thought in its head except for obvious ones. Racism bad, VietNam bad. Do we really need a film to tell us this or worse a film about a group of characters that chooses to ignore it all.
The worst part is that there’s a good movie hiding, but these people weren’t able to locate it.